Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

GETTING TO US by Seth Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Want to score big? Read a book, as many of Davis' coaches do. This one makes a good start."
A spirited survey of some of the techniques of winning coaches in building winning teams. Read full book review >
THE BIG PICTURE by Ben Fritz
Released: March 6, 2018

"Although the book sometimes bogs down under the weight of so much information, for those looking for inside scoops on the hidden relationships among movie studios, movie development, and choosing actors, this book is a treasure house."
How the superhero movie saved Hollywood—for now. Read full book review >

RAW by Lamont "U-God" Hawkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A rambling and heartfelt account, vivid in its recollections of 1990s East Coast hip-hop."
Gritty memoir from a meditative drug dealer-turned-rapper, a key member of ferocious Staten Island hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A fascinating, little-known history on the evolution of an iconic city whose destiny was forever altered by a group of concerned celebrities."
A focused overview of the people and events that shaped Beverly Hills. Read full book review >
BIG DEAL by Kevin Winkler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"Thorough research combines with deep affection and admiration to create a clear analysis and tribute."
A former professional dancer and New York Public Library archivist and curator enlists the services of both experiences to describe and analyze the career of Bob Fosse (1927-1987), the legendary dancer, choreographer, and director. Read full book review >

12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. Read full book review >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >
FLASH! by John Dufresne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Not the place to learn about the short story genre itself but a good place to learn how to write some really, really short ones."
A how-to guide to writing flash fiction. Read full book review >
ALL THE PIECES MATTER by Jonathan Abrams
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Filled with revealing information from the participants, intriguing tidbits, and show trivia, this compendium will have fans scurrying back to their DVD sets."
An oral history of the acclaimed HBO police drama. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. Read full book review >
RICHARD POTTER by John Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A focused, scholarly, definitive life history that gives voice to a pioneering and little-known entertainment legacy."
The history of an itinerant "almost unknown" 19th-century African- American showman who changed the face of one-man entertainment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >